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The Master Mystery (1919)

This independently produced serial starred world-famous magician and escape artist Harry Houdini as Quintin Locke, a secret service agent battling an international conspiracy to suppress any sort of scientific progress. Among the conspirators are the vicious DeLuxe Dora (Ruth Stonehouse), the "Madagascar Strangler" (William Pike), and a strange would-be robot known only as Q. (Floyd Buckley). The ubiquitously imperiled heroine was played by Marguerite Marsh, the older sister of Griffith star Mae Marsh. Despite Houdini's enormous fame, The Master Mystery proved a disappointing failure. The problem, apparently, was the great escape artist himself who, a stickler for authenticity, escaped his many perils too easily. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, All Movie Guide

AKA {The Master of Mystery}
(1919) American
B&W : Serial / 31 reels
Directed by Burton King and Harry Grossman

Cast: Houdini Houdini [Quentin Locke], Marguerite Marsh [Eva Brent], Ruth Stonehouse [Zita Dane], Edna Britton [‘De Luxe’ Dora], William Pike [Paul Balcom], Charles Graham [Herbert Balcom], Floyd Buckley [Q the automaton], Jack Burns [Peter Brent], Bob Rose [Houdini stunt double]

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